Charges withdrawn on Kittiwake crash case

Divetech's Atatude boat was damaged in the collision on 8 Jan. at the Kittiwake dive site. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Photographer and environmental advocate Cathy Church is no longer facing criminal charges for a boat crash at the Kittiwake dive site.

Police confirmed Tuesday a decision was made to withdraw the charges and instead administer her with an adult caution.

According to a police spokesman, Church, 74, met the requirements for receiving a caution, which included admitting guilt for the offence, not having been convicted or cautioned recently for similar offences, and not being on bail at the time of the offence.

In July this year, police announced they had charged Church in connection with January’s crash.

She was formally charged then with navigating a vessel so as to cause damage or risk of damage and committing a reckless and negligent act in relation to the collision.

Church was supposed to be summoned to court at a later date. However, now that she has been cautioned, she will not be required to appear in court.

The Cayman Compass reached out to Church for comment on the decision, and a representative said she was unavailable as she was out of the country.

On 8 Jan., Church’s boat ploughed into the side of a Divetech scuba boat that was moored at the Kittiwake dive site. Divetech’s distinctive pink boat Atatude was damaged in the incident. According to Divetech staff, there was no one at the helm of Church’s boat when the collision occurred. No one was injured.

Both dive boats have since been repaired and are back in the water.

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